Examples of "A Clockwork Orange" Tattoos
The film A Clockwork Orange is one of the most controversial and brutal in film history, causing enormous uproar around the world, and threats to the producer, director, and co-writer Stanley Kubrick not only at the time of the film, but for years afterwards.
So when I found these tattoos it was amazing to think that someone would want to ink such a psychotic and brutal image as represented by the main character of the story named Alex.
Based on the title of the film, the phrase a clockwork orange refers to only being human on the outside, while being truly mechanical on the inside. In other words, whatever the main character did, he ended up having no feelings or remorse in connection to them.
Anyway, I don't want to get into the entire story, the point is that it dealt with extraordinary psychological and disturbing issues that are still considered controversial to this day.
It was even banned in Britain for a long time because some crimes by young males were purported to be influenced by the character Alex and his gang of violent criminals.
Gallery of Tattoos Inspired by "A Clockwork Orange"Click thumbnail to view full-size
Again, I'm not sure why someone would want a tattoo of the images connected to this film and content, but even though some do, the artwork itself is extraordinary, and in that sense I really like it, without in any way approving of what it represents.
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Impact of Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick
One thing for sure, Stanley Kubrick and the author of the book that the film was based on, Anthony Burgess, made an amazing impact on those who read the book and watched the film, as it dealt with deep and disturbing psychological problems that maybe were presented in far too real of a manner.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Film
An interesting aside to all this, was the popularity of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was played at a key part in the story, and people went and bought the music after they saw the show.
This is just a strange and unique part of film and pop culture history, which evidently has inspired some to ink pieces of this story on their bodies.
One other dark episode in the history of A Clockwork Orange is that the film never showed the character going into a redemptive stage toward the end, which would give the story a more positive and hopeful ending.
The asserted reason for this was the decision to use the American version of the book, which didn't include that ending, even though the British version did. Kubrick chose to go with the American version rather than the British.
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